Albany man arrested for string of burglaries

ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany police have arrested an Albany man for a string of commercial burglaries throughout the city.

Jeremy Woodell was arrested and charged for five burglaries committed at Albany restaurants that occurred over a nine-month period beginning in August 2013.

The affected restaurants were Martel’s at Capital Hills which was burglarized twice, The Point on Madison Avenue, Washington Tavern on Washington Avenue and Pepper Jack’s on North Allen Street.

Police said Woodell selected businesses that he knew would be closed in the early morning hours and focused on mostly cash assets in each case.

In two of the cases, safes were stolen while cash was removed from the registers. In one incident at Martel’s Woodell used an acetylene torch to break his way into the ATM on the premises, according to police.

The Albany Police Department investigated the burglaries with assistance from the public in identifying the suspect from surveillance footage in summer 2013. Police said detectives were able to piece together evidence that directly implicates Woodell to the crimes.

The 26-year-old was arraigned in the Albany City Criminal Court and remanded to the Albany County Jail. Additional charges may be pending.

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